Wedding suits - who, what, when, where & how (much)...
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If you are part of a wedding party this summer you’ll soon have to start giving serious thought to what you’ll be wearing, if you haven’t already done so!
Before I worry everyone there is a priority list when it comes to who’s involved, some of you have more time than others.
Here’s my advice:
The Bride - I rarely get involved with the purchase of a wedding dress. It’s often the first major purchase after an engagement and one which (understandably so) is shared with Mothers, best friends and future bridesmaids only.
This isn’t a seasonal purchase, styles don’t date from season to season so it can usually be purchased any time, for anytime in the future.
The Mother of the Bride & Bridesmaids - Now is too early to start looking to purchase these outfits, It is nowhere near warm enough for the shops to start stocking such seasonal pieces. From mid-April onwards is when you’ll find a good offer of options in stores. (Re-visit my blog next month when I’ll have a something more to say about this!)
The Groom - The time is NOW.
By beginning your hunt for the perfect wedding suit now you are allowing yourself the possibility of purchasing a ‘made-to-measure’ suit, this isn’t an option if you leave the purchase any less than 8 weeks before the ‘I do’ date.
Although there are some fantastic suits to be picked up in store, nothing beats the process of choosing your fabric, designing the style and picking the finishing touches.
Clients are often surprised at the price difference between an 'off-the-peg' suit and a suit that has been made especially for them.
At Reiss a 2-piece suit purchased in store can cost £595 (which doesn’t include further alteration charges, I advise clients to budget a further £75 for this), their ‘Personal Tailoring’ suits begin at £550, £45 less and with no hidden alteration costs. Granted they’ll be a difference in the quality of fabric but a suit of this kind will fit you so much better and the proportions closer to perfection compared to something 'off-the-peg'.
If your wedding has a theme or colour palette to consider, then having a suit made will allow you to compliment this a lot easier than looking for something very particular within the limits of the High Street.
Jaeger’s 'made-to-measure' suiting offer has hundreds of fabrics to chose from in all imaginable (classy) colours - beautiful cashmeres, cottons and super fine wools.
You can choose everything from the colour of your lining, the buttons and even one of 40 colours for the under collar melton (a detail no one else but you will know about, so perhaps the colours of your football team is appropriate?!).
Another dilemma I was often faced with when I worked on the shop floor was customers looking to purchase a cotton or linen suit for a Caribbean wedding in the cold winter months - this is impossible to find unless you go down the route of having something made.
Lastly and most importantly (in my opinion) - having a suit made will mean it fits you perfectly:
If you’re taller than the average Joe Bloggs you won’t have to worry about the sleeves on the jacket riding up to your elbows; If you’re broader than the Guy next door you won’t have to be satisfied with having a jacket so tight across your shoulders you’ll be limited with the dance moves you can pull off during your first dance; And if you don’t want to have to worry about how much wedding cake you’re allowed to eat because your trousers are already too tight - a suit made just for you is the way to go.
Spending this much money on a suit is daunting, it’s got to be perfect - you’ll be looking at your wedding photos for years to come.
Using a personal shopper is a sensible and worthwhile investment for such an important purchase.
Getting your suit sorted now and being able to tick it off your long list of ‘things to do: sometime, somehow’ is a really satisfying feeling and I can help you do it.
To learn more about how else I can help with your wedding visit my services page, or to get in touch with any questions you may have about the dressing of your wedding planning please get in touch via my contact page, I'll look forward to hearing from you.